SOURCE: Infonetics Research

April 18, 2007 13:21 ET

Metro Ethernet: the $64 billion answer

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2007 -- In the 5 years between 2006 and 2010, a cumulative total of nearly $64 billion will be spent on metro Ethernet equipment worldwide, according to a new report from Infonetics Research, "Metro Ethernet Equipment."

Worldwide metro Ethernet equipment manufacturer revenue jumped 83% in 2006, reaching just under $9.2 billion, and is projected to grow 73% to almost $16 billion by 2010.

Revenue in every metro Ethernet equipment category except enterprise class Ethernet switches and routers grew in 2006, with carrier Ethernet switches and routers, Ethernet over DSL and cable equipment, EPON equipment, and Ethernet access devices (EADs) posting triple-digit growth.

"Each year Ethernet gets a little closer to becoming the dominant mode of transmitting data traffic around the world, with tens of millions of 1G and 10G Ethernet ports already in metro networks, and many more projected. Service providers plan to gradually replace and displace their SONET/SDH equipment, and efforts are underway to bring SONET/SDH connection oriented functionality to Ethernet in 2007-2010. With these new transport functions, Ethernet will have deterministic connection tunnels, complete with the QoS, resiliency, and reliability necessary to be used along with and instead of SONET/SDH," said Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research.

Report Highlights

--  The burgeoning EAD market more than doubled in 2006, and is expected
    to more than quadruple by 2010, fueled by rapid Ethernet services uptake
--  ADVA Optical leads worldwide EAD revenue in 2006, with a big lead in
    fiber deployments; ADTRAN is 2nd based on their bonded copper products
--  EADs currently are deployed mostly for customer to carrier
    connections, with some carrier to carrier connections, but use of EADs in
    mobile backhaul will grow rapidly over the next few years
--  The majority of metro Ethernet port shipments are VDSL/G.SHDSL copper
--  North America accounted for 32% of all metro Ethernet equipment
    revenue in 2006, Asia Pacific for 33%, EMEA for 30%, and CALA for 5%
Infonetics' report includes market size, analysis, and forecasts through 2010 for metro Ethernet ports and metro Ethernet equipment, including enterprise-class Ethernet switches and routers, carrier Ethernet switches and routers, Ethernet over SONET/SDH (standard and RPR), RPR over fiber, Ethernet over WDM, Ethernet over DSL and cable, EADs (fiber and copper), and EPON. The report also includes market share for EAD manufacturers.

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Infonetics Research ( is the premier international market research and consulting firm specializing in data networking and telecom. Services include market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, and service provider capex analysis.

Contact Information

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    Infonetics Research
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